New York…by Staff Reporters…When the temperature goes up, so do the number of new product launches that are frozen and kosher, with the objective always being to succeed year-round. One newcomer that has made a splash is the new kosher line of Chozen Ice Cream, recently profiled in the New York Times and stocked in stores like Pomegranate and Manhattan’s Westside Market. Created by the women in the Fisher family, the line uses innovative add-ins from the Jewish repertoire of favorite snacks – such as rugelach, matzah, and babka – in gourmet ice cream. Flavors include vanilla ice cream with chocolate and caramel coated matzah bits, and chocolate babka ice cream with babka chunks swirled throughout. In time for Rosh Hashanah, the company plans to introduce caramelized apple ice cream with honey chunks.
More sophisticated palettes may gravitate towards gelato, a frozen dessert similar to ice cream but with a lower fat ratio and lower sugar content. Gelato means frozen in Italian; the dessert originated in Italy. Aldo, a popular Israeli chain of gelato shops, opened in several locations last summer in the US – including famous tourist attraction Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and in the Upper West Side– under the name Screme. The gelato, which has 5% butterfat (typical ice creams contain up to 14%) comes in many classic and innovative flavors, including cornbread, Snickers, biscotti, cinnamon cookie dough, and chocolate brownie whiskey. With chic menu items comes chic prices – a single scoop of the gelato is $5. The gelato can be ordered under a freshly-made waffle as well. In Boca Raton, The Gelato Shoppe offers delicious kosher gelato certified by the Orthodox Rabbinic Board of Hollywood. The shop offers dairy, cholov yisrael, or pareve frozen desserts in such flavors as Belgian dark chocolate, tiramisu, panna cotta, Italian wedding cake, banana cream pie, persimmon, and basil.
The Talenti brand of gelato was also recently certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. The gourmet line has sumptuous flavors like caramel cookie crunch, white chocolate raspberry, Caribbean coconut, and Sicilian pistachio. The Talenti line can be ordered online icecreamsource.com or purchased at Whole Foods. Gelati-Da is another line of gourmet gelatos, kosher certified by the cRc, that are found sporadically in retail stores throughout the U.S. Your best bet is to order it online, also at icecreamsource.com. Flavors include vanilla marsala, coffee fudge latte, and amaretto chocolate. Israel-based company G. Willie-Food International Ltd. is introducing a brand-new line of gelato manufactured in Italy, which will begin selling this month. For those who are strictly watching their waistlines and shun even the lower-fat gelato, there are new “diet” ice creams that satisfy the palette with much fewer calories. Strauss, the Israeli ice cream company, has a new line of low-calorie vanilla, coffee, chocolate and cherry ice cream bars and sandwiches, none exceeding more than 55 calories. And Klein’s line of Healthy Habits Dixie cups, bars, and push pops and Snapple Ices offers a variety of flavors and textures for less than 100 calories. As kosher continues to become synonymous with high-quality and gourmet, we can expect even more lines of inventive and delicious frozen desserts in summers to come.